Directorate of Life Long Learning (DLL), University of Kashmir in collaboration with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) organized two day national workshop on ‘Syllabus Development for 6 months certificate course in Paper Machie’ here at Kashmir University.
The objective of the initiation of the course is to train the semi-skilled youth regarding paper machie in accordance with the latest trends and techniques to meet the market demand and promote their professional intelligence to overcome the problem of unemployment.
On the first day of the workshop, general discussion about the need assessment and methodology in developing syllabus for 6 months certificate course in paper machie was held.
Vice Chancellor KU, Prof Talat Ahmad, who was the chief guest on the occasion while maintaining that DLL has taken a good initiative by introducing this course said, “This is a good beginning and we are looking forward to introduce such course in future so that people will learn new concepts of self employment and become self-reliant in a process where skill and art is augmented with academic inputs.”
He said, “For people who leave this artisanship because they feel they don’t have any future in it this course will help them to strengthen their skill and self-control on marketing of their products so that they can earn their livelihood easily.”
Dean Academic Affairs Prof AM Shah, who was the guest of honour on the occasion said, “This course is necessary for overall economic development so that both artisans as well as the industry is benefited. Kashmir has immense talent in craft development but there is a need to groom that talent.”
Director, Craft Development Institute (CDI), Srinagar M S Farooqi said that there is a need to empower artisans and Kashmir University should recognize the handicrafts course as a vocational program so that people would prefer it as a career rather than going away from it.